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Gender, Genre, and Writing Style in Formal Written Texts* Shlomo Argamona
 

Summary: Gender, Genre, and Writing Style in Formal Written Texts*
Shlomo Argamona
Moshe Koppelb
Jonathan Finec
Anat Rachel Shimonib
a
Dept. of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60645
b
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
c
Dept. of English, Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
*
To appear in Text, 23(3), August 2003
Abstract.
This paper explores differences between male and female writing in a large subset of the
British National Corpus covering a range of genres. Several classes of simple lexical and
syntactic features that differ substantially according to author gender are identified, both in
fiction and in non-fiction documents. In particular, we find significant differences between
male- and female-authored documents in the use of pronouns and certain types of noun
modifiers: although the total number of nominals used by male and female authors is virtually

  

Source: Argamon, Shlomo - Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences